4 Implications for the NHS

4 Implications for the NHS

4.1 Given the uncertainty in current rates of prophylactic removal of pathology-free impacted third molars, it is difficult to precisely quantify the budget impact of discontinuation of this practice. However, based on 1994/95 data, this could result in an opportunity to release capacity in the specialty with a value of up to £5 million (NHS in England & Wales)

4.2 The number of patients waiting for this operation, in England and Wales might change, if waiting lists are reviewed using this guidance.